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    Thread: Vanagon stereo?

    1. Member MagicBus's Avatar
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      12-28-2003 12:39 PM #1
      I've been thinking about updating the stereo in my Vanagon (nothing crazy), but Crutchfield keeps trying to tell me that nothing they have will fit...

      Is the head unit in the Vanagon really such an odd size?


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      12-28-2003 01:13 PM #2
      i think its just that none of the stereos are going to be an easy fit . which means hacking up the dash, just find one you like and make sure the depth is right.

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      12-28-2003 01:59 PM #3
      Yes that's the problem. It's difficult to find a stereo that isn't too deep. Most stereos are about 3/4" too long. I installed a newer stereo from a 2000 Jetta along with a CD changer in the glovebox. I built a 3/4" spacer for the stereo out of MDF (not pretty, but works).

      The back of the stereo otherwise hits the heater housing. I have a friend who put the same radio in his Vanagon, and he just took a heat gun and reformed the heater housing to fit.

      So you can get creative and put just about anything in there. The only other limiting factor with the Vanagon is what size speakers you can fit in the doors.

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      12-28-2003 03:29 PM #4
      Like Mr Wolf stated its the depth that is the problem. The hole is a standard DIN radio hole. I have an older Alpine with the motorized face. I find it is easier to read the display with the face folded out.

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      12-28-2003 05:49 PM #5
      I have an Alpine in mine with no problems. It's a standard size DIN hole. If your deck has a huge plug type connection in the back I could see how it might be a little tight. You could always take out the ashtray for a little extra clearance. Here's my setup--I have the Alpine head unit

      PPI 5 channel 500 watt amp that fit like a glove under the jump seat bracket

      5 1/4 MB Quart 2 ways in the front ( about the only speaker that was flat enought to work so you could cklose the door without crushing the grill against the dash)

      Infinity 6 1/2 3 ways in the back

      & a 12" Rockford Fosgate sub on the passenger side under the back seat.

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      12-29-2003 01:33 AM #6
      What kind of steering wheel is that? It looks hot, and comfy. I miss my nice, thick, leather Corrado wheel .

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      12-29-2003 02:03 AM #7
      why dont you just get a corrado steering wheel with the little adapter ring and put it on your van?

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      12-29-2003 02:22 AM #8
      Quote, originally posted by eve_ill »
      What kind of steering wheel is that? It looks hot, and comfy. I miss my nice, thick, leather Corrado wheel .
      Projektzwo made for the Vanagon. & yes it's nice & comfy

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      12-29-2003 04:08 AM #9
      Quote, originally posted by Rabbit 16v »
      why dont you just get a corrado steering wheel with the little adapter ring and put it on your van?

      The Corrado wheel is smaller and so it would become harder to turn the van than it is now.
      Where did you pick up your Projektzwo wheel?


      Modified by eve_ill at 3:12 AM 12-29-2003


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      12-29-2003 05:21 AM #10
      Quote, originally posted by eve_ill »

      The Corrado wheel is smaller and so it would become harder to turn the van than it is now.
      Where did you pick up your Projektzwo wheel?

      That's what's nice about the PZ wheel--it's almost the same size as a stock Vanagon wheel so you can still drive with your arms on the armrests. I picked it up from Hillside Imports in Oregon but I don't know if they're still doing PZ stuff since 1552 shut down

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      12-29-2003 01:32 PM #11
      I take it your van doesnt have power steering huh?

      i have a VW motorsport one on my 2wd and I like it better than the huge vanagon one. I also have no porblems steering it.


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      12-29-2003 02:45 PM #12
      got power but I'd rather have a stock-ish size wheel. Didn't even think about using the armrests but there's that too.

      Don't you all love 1552? O a big feature on the vortex to show that they are alive and kicking. And then they disappear.


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      12-30-2003 11:27 PM #13
      hmm maybe its the recaro drivers seat that puts me back further so I dont lean on the wheel.

    14. 12-30-2003 11:38 PM #14
      I have heard that depth is an issue as well, but I have installed at least 4 different decks into vanagons (2 different Eclipse models, a Rockford Fosgate and an Alpine) and they all fit fine. They are snug but work just great. I have 6" Kicker mids in the front with seperate tweeters and custom made grilles, and 5 1/4" mids in the back with seperate tweaters and custom grilles and a Kicker 10" Solobaric L7 sub under the back seat. It sounds really good and clean. It did take quite awhile to get everything made though.

      hope this helps,
      Craig


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